The Joy Luck Club

I really enjoyed The Joy Luck Club. I’d give it 5 out of 5 stars. Amy Tan wrote a series of vignettes and I felt that really enhanced the book- it revealed the perfect amount of information and allowed The Joy Luck Club to be read as a series of detailed snapshots. Further, the characters had flaws which never really went away, but they still changed and became more open-minded. I enjoyed Tan’s portrayal of the tumultuous relationship each mother and daughter had.

At times, the stories each mother shared similarities with the ones my grandparents and parents tell me and my siblings about India and immigrating and adjusting to life in a new country. I also understood, to an extent, how the daughters felt- within my family, the cultural differences have not created as big of a rift, but there are a lot of different expectations and, at times, it can be overwhelming.

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P R O G R E S S  (or the lack of)

Call me paranoid, but I’m always worried about losing the notebook I write in. It’s nothing special- college ruled, spiral bound, falling apart- but it literally contains everything I’ve written in the past couple of years. Maybe it’s out of procrastination, but I have started to transfer my outline to google docs. It’s lengthy and honestly not worth the time I’ve been sneaking in to write a couple of sentences every few days, but oh well. I feel like I’m trying to avoid writing at any cost, so I’m going to force myself to write a bit over spring break. I don’t know how much I’ll be able to because somehow I’ve ended up with packets of things that are due within a day or two of coming back to school. I’ve also seemed to lost my ability to spell. Fun 🙂

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